Job Title: Senior Lending Manager - North
Location: North of England; Home Based
Reporting to: Director of Lending or other relevant Senior Manager
Contract: Permanent, Full-time (part-time considered)
Salary: £60,000 dependent on experience
Date closes:Friday, 27th May at 5pm
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Role Purpose

The Senior Lending Manager is responsible for increasing the growth in Charity Bank’s lending book by cultivating relationships with target charities, social enterprises and referral sources in order to identify and secure new lending opportunities and then convert these opportunities into high-quality, socially impactful loan assets. They will work very closely with the Director of Lending to optimise business development efforts in the North of England and Scotland and maximise new lending productivity by undertaking the development of referrals and opportunities generated either by themselves or by other Banking Team members into loan applications (‘deal writing’), thereby contributing to aggregate team lending targets. The Senior Lending Manager will also develop and implement new sub-sector business development strategies and generally raise the profile of Charity Bank’s role and mission.

Charity Bank is the loans and savings bank for people who want to make the world a better place. Our vision is for a society that fosters vibrant communities and a healthy planet, giving every individual the opportunity to thrive. Charity Bank is ‘of the sector and for the sector’, 100% owned by charities and social purpose investors and dedicated to supporting UK charities and social enterprises.

We use our savers’ money to make much needed loans to enterprising organisations working to create lasting social change in communities across the UK. Since 2002, we have used the money saved with us to provide over £350 million of loan finance to a wide range of organisations across the arts, community, education, environment, faith, health, housing, regeneration, social care and sports sectors.

Our loans are used for a wide range of purposes, from providing accommodation for vulnerable refugees to action sports centres for young people looking for a safe place to skate to residential and respite care centres for those with profound disabilities. Our co-workers are inspired by the organisations that we support and highly motivated to better equip these charities and social enterprises to help the disadvantaged, enrich lives and make our communities better places to live.

No matter what your role is at Charity Bank, you will be making an essential contribution to the positive social value creation that is the very reason for Charity Bank’s existence. For every loan that we make and the impact that this has on the organisations we lend to and the people that they serve, we can all say, “Wow, look what we helped to create!”

If your values align with Charity Bank’s, the role matches what you are looking for, and our mission and work excites you – we invite you to apply to join us!

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
At Charity Bank, we want our team to reflect the diverse communities, organisations, and people that we work with. We are committed to being an inclusive employer and great place to work and we strongly encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply. We have implemented policies to support this aim and are proud to offer flexible working practices and a caring culture. If you need any reasonable adjustments for any part of the recruitment process and/or working environment, please let us know, in confidence, so we can discuss these with you.

Key Responsibilities

Key priorities include:

  • Identify and secure new lending opportunities in Charity Bank’s target markets and within the bank’s risk appetite and criteria.
  • Research and develop sub-sector business development strategies and provide expertise to the Banking team and Exco.
  • Undertake thorough credit due diligence and analysis, prepare credit applications and oversee loan transactions through legal documentation and completion.
  • Meet annual individual business development targets and contribute to team targets as agreed with the Director of Lending and/or other relevant Senior Managers.
  • In collaboration with colleagues, constantly striving for improvement in internal process and the customer’s experience.
  • Actively manage existing relationships with borrowers, sector bodies and other referral sources.
  • Be a champion for actual and potential customers in the social sector, identifying barriers to access to finance and proposing, piloting and supporting innovative solutions.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with third parties who may be a source of business for Charity Bank, including umbrella and representative organisations, trusts and foundations, and professional firms or service providers, active or potentially active in the region.
  • Undertake activities, including speaking at appropriate conferences, to raise awareness of Charity Bank’s profile and presence across the region and to promote Charity Bank’s role and mission.
  • Manage relationships with other lenders, both social and mainstream, with a view to cross-referring (where outside our risk appetite) and/or sharing loan deals (where beyond our lending capacity) and vice versa.
  • Liaise with various public sector bodies, including Government and local authorities, with a view to developing our lending activities in the region.
  • Market Charity Bank’s savings products.
  • Support the marketing and PR activity of the Communications and Marketing Team.
  • Other tasks as may be directed by the Director of Lending or other relevant Senior Managers.

Business Development, Credit Assessment and Transaction Management

  • Meet annual individual business development targets and contribute to Team targets as agreed with the Director of Lending and/or other relevant Senior Managers, with appropriate training and support.
  • Manage and develop both existing and new introducers of business to Charity Bank.
  • Develop relationships with ethical and high street lenders to the social sector, social finance intermediaries and other organisations that have complementary business objectives to Charity Bank.
  • Develop and enhance the profile of Charity Bank to potential borrowers and depositors throughout the region by direct and indirect marketing, seeking business opportunities through speaking at and attending conferences and external events and by pursuing networking opportunities. Create and maintain contact with the regional press and media under guidelines set by the Marketing Department.
  • Completion of loan applications from introduction to credit committee presentation, ensuring that Charity Bank’s standards are met and consistently applied. Undertake thorough credit due diligence and analysis, manage “Deal Teams” in preparing credit applications and overseeing loan transactions through legal documentation and completion.
  • Manage a portfolio of borrowers including regular monitoring visits.
  • Preparation of annual reviews until such time as accounts are transferred to the Portfolio Management Unit.
  • Responsible for the full and accurate utilisation of the bank’s CRM system.

Deal Writer

  • Whilst developing their own business development contacts and opportunities and growing a portfolio of new loans, it is expected that the Senior Lending Manager will contribute significantly to aggregate Team targets, principally as a Deal Writer for the Team.
  • Assess the risks associated with a loan application, including site visits for fact-finding, review the business plans / financial information relating to a potential borrower and liaise with their trustees /managers / directors.
  • Make loan recommendations with appropriate risk analysis of good quality to the Credit Team.
  • Work with Charity Bank staff, appointed professional firms and with borrowers to ensure that approved loans are processed quickly and efficiently through to final drawdown.
  • Support the Portfolio Management Unit in the production of annual reviews by seeking answers to questions where appropriate. At all times maintain the relationship with the borrower. Identify borrowers who are or may be suffering credit stress and who represent an actual or potentially impaired exposure for Charity Bank and support the Credit Team in any work-out action that may be required.

Skills and Experience

Experience

  • Over 5 years’ relevant experience with a strong background in banking or similar organisation
  • Proven business development skills and track record
  • Proven experience of negotiating and influencing at a senior level
  • Proven experience of lending, credit analysis, including unsecured lending in a commercial environment

Attainments

  • Banking qualification (or qualified by experience)
  • Analytical skills including review of annual reports and accounts
  • Knowledge of company law and accounting policies and standards
  • Knowledge of government and local authority funding
  • Knowledge of the social and charity sector

Special Aptitudes

  • Excellent communicator – both orally and written
  • Strong organisational skills, excellent at prioritising and managing own time
  • Highly numerate and computer literate, comfortable using computer applications
  • Proven skills and experience in banking, lending and business development
  • A team player with well-developed interpersonal skills, able to communicate and work effectively with both senior managers and directors as well as support staff
  • A self-starter
  • Ability to establish credibility and respect quickly
  • Adept at knowing when to involve or seek guidance from their manager

Disposition

  • Empathetic; remains calm in the face of other people’s emotions
  • Excellent Interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence
  • Influencing skills – good at getting a message across
  • Self-reliant and able to work on own initiative
  • Discreet and tactful
  • Quick to understand and cautious in expressing judgement
  • Finds practical solutions
  • Integrity
  • Willingness to travel, sometimes at short notice when circumstances require.

Motivation

  • Driven by a desire to use their skills to contribute to positive social change
  • Motivated to over-achieve personal targets to support the overall success of Charity Bank – results oriented
  • Committed to own continuing personal development
  • A champion of good practice and people development
  • Leads by example and sets own personal high standards
  • Intellectual and self-motivated

Thinking Style

  • Able to analyse a problem and present options to resolve it
  • Creative, innovative and change-orientated
  • Pragmatic approach to problem-solving
  • Well-organised and systematic in approach. Detail conscious
  • Does not waiver in pursuit of good outcomes in the best interest of the Bank

Circumstances

  • Prepared to work longer hours when required to meet deadlines and achieve objectives

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